From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
January 12, 2001
Contact: William A. Scott - (512) 463-0124

Fraser Resolution Designates Pecans as Official Health Nut of Texas

AUSTIN -- If State Senator Troy Fraser has his way, pecans produced in his West-Central Texas district will soon be designated the "Official Health Nut of Texas."

"The counties in Senate District 24 comprise one of the top two pecan-producing regions in the state and account for up to 25 percent of Texas' total production," Fraser said. "I'm nuts about pecans, and their health and nutritional value is well documented. It makes perfect sense to designate the pecan as our official health nut."

Last year, Texas produced 90 million pounds of pecans, close to the record high of 91 million, according to the Texas Pecan Growers Association. About 55 million pounds came from native pecans, with up to 12 million pounds coming from Senate District 24. The district also produces up to 10 million of improved pecans.

"With a good crop, our district produces enough pecans to make about 44 million pecan pies a year using 8 ounces per pie," Fraser said. "That's nearly two pies per year for every man, woman and child in Texas."

"Not only are pecans tasty, but scientific research shows they are part of a healthy diet," Fraser said. "Although pecans are 53 percent fat by weight, much of it is heart healthy because it's monounsaturated fat, the kind that helps lower cholesterol and fight heart disease."

Pecans are also a significant source of the recommended daily allowance of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, calcium, phosphorus, zinc and potassium, as well as Vitamins A, B, C, and E.

Fraser's resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution 2, notes that the pecan tree was designated the official state tree of Texas in 1919. Pecans are grown in 70 percent of Texas' counties, and the state accounts for more than a quarter of the nation's pecan crop.